York Castle Museum and its collection

York Castle Museum

The York Castle Museum is located on the site of York Castle, housed in prison buildings, built in the 18th century. The castle itself was originally built by William the Conqueror in 1068. In the York Castle Museum interactive galleries hold thousands of historic objects that bring the past to life, ranging from recreated Jacobean dining rooms, toys through the ages, a recreated Victorian Street, prison cells and the swinging Sixties.

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York Castle Museum
The Eye of York
YO1 9RY York

Visitor information York Castle Museum

Opening hours

11:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00


0 – 4Free
5 – 16£8.00
17 – 24£14.40
Reduced Access£8.00
York Resident ChildrenFree

The prices above are the walk-up prices.

For the best price, please book via our website. Online prices:

Adult, £13
Child (aged 5-16), £6.50
Student/Young Person (17-24), £11.70 (with valid student ID)
Reduced Access, £6.50
Child under 4, FREE
Concessions, FREE (See our website for full list of concessions including means tested benefits, carers, reciprocal museums scheme etc)


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Location & Map

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York Castle Museum Reviews

York Castle Museum has 3 ratings.

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    David • Aug 1, 2023

    Great place to visit as usual but found alot of the place just to dark ,I know they've got to create the correct atmosphere but I found myself having to put my torch on my phone so I could see the uneven floors a little bit more light in-between exhibits would definitely improve the the experience, on plus side felt like I was being strangled in one of the cells where people were sentenced to hanging !! Weird or what

    Visited on Jul 30, 2023

  • Marc
    Marc • Nov 17, 2019

    We were pleasantly surprised by the York Castle Museum. It is a great museum, and we especially liked the recreated Victorian Street! The large WWI exhibit that was on display when we visted was also very well done. Great value for money, so if you are near York, definitely check out this museum!

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